• Wed, Jun 4 at 7:30 pm


    Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico, 1970, 125 min., NR, DCP

    Part of Jodorowsky.

    Originally released in 1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky's EL TOPO quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent filmmaking. The early screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, EL TOPO is also the most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made!